2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test


2009 Ford Flex Road Trip Prologue: Wii Love the Sunroof Gap

August 10, 2009

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Someone in the office recently whined about the sunroof gap in our 2009 Ford Flex. It's true, there is a lot of daylight between the headliner and the sunshade, and it isn't particularly pretty. But it isn't all bad -- the girls and I found a use for it during our vacation prep.

They wanted to bring their Nintendo Wii game system, you see, because the Flex has a fold-down screen and DVD player with external inputs. Ummm, OK, but where does one put the sensor bar -- the long receiver that talks to the Wiimotes? At home, it usually sits on top of your TV.

It took only a few minutes to come up with a prime candidate -- the infamous Sunroof Gap.

The sensor bar fits perfectly. It slips right in and the sunshade doesn't even know it's there; it opens and closes normally.

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At first we thought the fold-down screen would get in the way, since it sits between the kids and the sensor bar's proposed home.

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But the sunroof gap location works great. The sensor bar sees the Wiimotes just fine. If all goes to plan, the kids will be bowling inside our Flex while we roll on down the highway.

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For obvious reasons, the central roof-mounted screen location isn't my favorite. I guess I have to deal with it. If it wasn't the Wii, it'd be DVDs.

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The Wii is aboard, our luggage is packed and we're ready to go. Zero miles down, 2,100 or so to go.

Dan Edmunds, DIrector of Vehicle Testing @ 29,175 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2009 Ford Flex in VA is:

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